The Gruau Group, a European giant in utility vehicle bodies, has just acquired Lanery, a <a title="" href=",p,222,EN.jsp" target="_blank">vehicle manufacturer and coachbuilder </a>based in Lyon-V&#233;nissieux, which employs 25 and had sales in 2012 of 4 million euros, by fitting out 800 vehicles. <strong>With this new assembly base, Gruau is reinforcing</strong> its <a title="" href=",p,5,EN.jsp" target="_blank">presence in the Lyon region</a>. According to CEO Patrick Gruau, the Group, which is already present in Rh&#244;ne-Alpes through two subsidiaries and four distributors, had been seeking a location in the Lyon urban area for years.&nbsp; They’ve found it with Lanery, which will serve as a rapid assembly center for the Gruau range, while maintaining its brand, well known in firefighting vehicles. <p align="justify"><br>With this acquisition, Gruau is seeking to "<strong><em>consolidate its</em></strong> <em><strong>traditional activities in France, in addition to developing internationally and in electric vehicles</strong></em>". Indeed, the company&#8217;s strategy is to focus on its main specialty, the utility segment, which, according to Gruau, will lead the way in the development of electric vehicles. Furthermore, the company has already started installing in small series electric powertrains on 3.5-ton vans at its plant in Laval. </p> <p align="justify"><br>&nbsp;</p> <p align="justify">In&nbsp;2012, Gruau, which employs 1,000 people at 14 sites, had a 6% drop in sales, to 174 million euros, while the market shrank by 10%. Every year the company <strong>transforms approximately 40,000 vehicles</strong>, from the insulated van to the company car, together with fire trucks and ambulances.</p>